English Entrance Exam

The PR English Entrance Exam allows the program to assess your understanding of English grammar and your ability to write and edit your own work.


Exam structure

Part one:

30 multiple choice questions where applicants select the sentence that is grammatically correct

Part two:

20 sentences that applicants edit

Part three:

a short essay (500 words)

The short essay topics are not given out in advance.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • You have two hours to complete the exam.

  • The essay is typed in Word format. 

  • You may not use a dictionary or thesaurus. 

  • To pass the exam, you must receive an overall minimum mark of 70%. 

How to prepare 

You can use a grammar textbook to review punctuation, capitalization, word choice, sentence structure, apostrophes, pronouns, spelling and verb/subject agreement. 

Schedule your exam

Once the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) processes your application and official post-secondary transcripts to confirm you have met the academic requirements of 30 post-secondary credits, including a post-secondary English course, the PR program will contact you through your MyMacEwan email to schedule the PR English Entrance Exam. 

Applicants who live within 100km from Edmonton will write the exam during scheduled sessions at MacEwan’s City Centre Campus. Applicants who live farther than 100km from Edmonton can schedule the exam at a local educational institution. Instructions on how to coordinate distance exams will be emailed when the OUR has confirmed the academic requirements have been met.   

Exam results

The program will email the exam results and next steps to applicants within three weeks of writing. 

Next steps

Avoid delays by submitting any outstanding admission documents as quickly as possible and monitoring your To Do List in myStudentSystem for changes or new requests. After an admission decision is made you will receive a notice from the Office of the University Registrar.

Learn more about admission decisions